You’ve been diagnosed with pelvic organ prolapse (POP). Now what? Your doctor has given you his or her opinion, but is it the right choice for you? Should you choose a surgery that involves transvaginal mesh, or look at alternative solutions? Many patients do not realize the power they have when it comes to their healthcare decisions—or how vital knowledge can be when making such decisions. If you are considering POP surgery, consider doing the following three things before making a decision:

Get a second opinion. A second opinion from another expert in the field has never hurt anything. Too many women believe that their doctor must know what’s best, but the truth is that many doctors see things differently and there could be more solutions to your health issue than your first doctor believes.

Educate yourself. Did you know that the FDA has released two different alerts regarding the use of transvaginal mesh in POP surgeries, or that literally thousands of women have suffered serious complications from the use of this surgical mesh? Taking the time to learn about your POP surgery options could result in a much better outcome—or even save your life.

Ask questions. Perhaps the best way to get information is to take the time to talk to medical professionals about your case and your potential procedure. Here are eight questions to ask your doctor:
  • Have you received training for POP surgeries involving transvaginal mesh?
  • How many surgical mesh POP surgeries have you completed?
  • Why are you recommending transvaginal mesh for my pelvic organ prolapse operation?
  • What are the complications of POP surgeries involving transvaginal mesh, and how do you protect against them?
  • Specifically, what transvaginal mesh product will be used in my surgery?
  • What are the risks and benefits of non-mesh POP surgery in my case?
  • In my case, why do the benefits of a transvaginal mesh surgery outweigh the risks?
  • What do you think of the FDA’s concerns about the safety and effectiveness of transvaginal mesh POP surgery?

Have you already had a POP surgery involving transvaginal mesh? Are you suffering from painful or permanent complications? Speak to a Kentucky surgical mesh attorney today at Gray & White Law. Call 888.450.4456 today to schedule an appointment. 
Matthew L. White
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